At least 16 dead in Iraq blasts, clashes
A car bomb killed seven people and injured 19 in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, shortly after two rockets slammed into the city centre, killing two civilians, police said. Three policemen and four civilians were killed by the car bomb in the Mansur neighbourhood of west Baghdad, a police official said, adding that two policemen were among the wounded, apart from two women and a child.
Two Katyusha rockets hit Sadoon Street at around noon (0900 GMT), killing two people and wounding four more, police said, according to AFP.
A roadside bomb that apparently targeted a minibus in the Al-Jadida neighbourhood of Baghdad killed another person and wounded four more, a police official said.
In Sadr City, gunbattles between Shiite fighters and US forces killed seven people and wounded 20 others, Iraqi security and medical officials said on Thursday. A security official said the clashes erupted before midnight and continued until Thursday morning.
A medic at Al-Sadr hospital, one of the main medical facilities in the Shiite district said seven bodies had been brought in.